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June/July 2009 (vol. 06/1)

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Patient handling

A wide range of primary interventions – including lifting equipment, training and policies – has been developed to reduce patient handling and, therefore, musculoskeletal disorder incidence in healthcare workers, but their implementation is not always good. A systematic review was carried out to determine the most important factors in promoting or discouraging their use. Individual motivation, convenience, supportive management and patient-related factors were the most commonly reported factors, but there was no quantitative data on their impact.

Occupational and Environmental Medicine 2009;66: 353–360. http://oem.bmj.com/content/66/6/353.abstract

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Occupational Health at Work June/July 2009 (vol. 06/1) pp41